BRITS caught speeding in Spain will face heavy fines if they return home under new rules.
A new post-Brexit deal between the UK and Spain could allow the Spanish government to gain access to the UK’s vehicle owner database in order to be able to hunt down speeding drivers.
While this can currently be requested on a case-by-case basis, the country wants full access to be able to fine Brits who have since left the country.
It comes just days after British expats living in Spain were warned of weeks of travel chaos after being banned from the streets in a government bungle over licences.
While British licenses used to be able to be used, expats have since had to transfer them to Spanish licenses as they are no longer allowed.
Tens of thousands of Britons were feared to be affected and while that doesn’t include holidaymakers, some Britons have already been caught for driving illegally using their UK driving licence.
Pensioner Steven Rees, who moved to Spain in 2020, said he has “lost his freedom” and is stuck at her house as they are not allowed to drive.
Malaga’s Sam Britton-Beese said: “It’s ridiculous. Our residence application was still being processed before the deadline, so we were unable to register for the exchange.”
Linda Rogers, originally from Coventry, added: “Our home is in the mountains and nothing is close by – I’ve tried to get into a driving school but nothing is available.”
Other EU countries such as France still allow the use of the UK driving license.
Thankfully, officials have said a new agreement is in the works that will allow Brits living in Spain to transfer their UK license to a Spanish one.
María José Aparicio, from Spain’s driver and vehicle licensing agency DGT, told the Telegraph: “We never wanted to upset UK residents and the plan is that once they have been able to apply for the swap, they will hopefully be able to drive again in a couple of weeks while the application is being made being processed.”
It’s not the only pretty face of Brits on holiday in Spain.
Any holidaymaker attending illegal parties in the Balearics could be fined up to £25,000 in a crackdown on raves.
And you can be fined up to £50,000 for drunk behavior.
Here are some other Spanish laws you might be breaking while on holiday without realizing it.
https://www.thesun.ie/travel/8753254/spain-holiday-fine-driving-speeding/ Brits face fines AFTER they return home from Spanish holidays